King Creole CD
"Hard Headed Woman" is the soundtrack's biggest hit (it stayed atop the Billboard pop chart for two weeks), but the songs are uniformly strong throughout, and Presley sings with the mastery and dynamism characteristic of nearly all his 1950s recordings.
Elvis Presley's fourth movie, King Creole, is by most critics' assessments his best. A good script, a strong supporting cast and an outstanding soundtrack contributed to provide Elvis Presley with his best opportunity at serious film acting, and the King rose to the occasion. The legendary songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller contributed three songs to KING CREOLE, among them the title track and "Trouble," a number Elvis Presley would reprise with tremendous success during his 1968 comeback television special.
King Creole - Elvis Presley Soundtrack CD
King Creole - As Long As I Have You - Hard Headed Woman - Trouble - Dixieland Rock - Don't Ask Me Why - Love Doll - Crawfish - Young Dreams - Steadfast, Loyal And True - New Orleans - King Creole (Alternate Take 18) - As Long As I Have You(Movie Version - Take 4) - Danny - Lover Doll (Undubbed)- Steadfast, Loyal And True (Alternate Master) - As Long As I Have You (Movie Version - Take 8) - King Creole (Alternate Take 8)
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar); Scotty Moore, Tiny Timbrell (guitar); Mahlon Clark (clarinet); Justin Gordon (saxophone); John Ed Buckner (trumpet); Elmer Schneider, Warren D. Smith (trombone); Dudley Brooks (piano); Ray Siegel (bass, tuba); Bill Black, Neal Matthews (bass); D.J. Fontana, Bernie Mattinson (drums); Gordon Stoker (bongos); Hoyt Hawkins (cymbals); Kitty White, The Jordanaires (background vocals).
Reissue producers: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon.
Recorded at Radio Recorders and The Paramount Scoring Stage, Hollywood, California, January-February 1958.